Chef Morris Salerno to sign cookbook tonight

Morris Salerno, Bistecca, Highland Village Chef Morris Salerno, owner of Bistecca—An Italian Steakhouse in Highland Village, will sign copies of his cookbook – Morris’ Way from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at WineStyles, 6100 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound. The event will also feature a wine tasting and appetizers. For more information, call 972-874-9315. Lewisville/Flower Mound editor Adam Schrader can be reached at 214-773-8188 and @schrader_adam on Twitter.

Barbecue bash tomorrow for Dickey’s opening

nb_10lovefield13gm.JPG

The newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open inside Rayzor Ranch Shopping Center Thursday, April 16, according to a press release from the company.

The first 50 guests at the location, which opens at 11 a.m., will win a gift card worth up to $50.

The celebration will continue into Friday and Saturday as well.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, disc jockeys from New Country 96.3 will be at the location. During that time, one guest will win a $500 gift card, and three people will win free barbecue for a year. Additionally, the store will offer $2 pulled pork sandwiches.

On Saturday, there will be free merchandise giveaways throughout the day.

The location is at 2530 West University Drive, suite 1110.

 

Business owners flocked to Lewisville for Facebook training

On Thursday, Facebook held its free Small Business Boost event. More than 500 local entrepreneurs packed into the Lewisville High School Harmon campus to learn how to advance their presence on the social platform.

While the event was co-hosted by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, this was an actual Facebook Inc. event. An actual Facebook small business expert, Nina Ferritto, presented the workshop.

“I grew up watching my dad work hard to build his business so I understand the challenges small business owners face,” she said. “That’s why it was so exciting for me to talk to 500 Metroplex small business people today about how Facebook can make growing their businesses a little bit easier.”

Before Ferritto gave her presentation, Ray Hernandez, president of the chamber, introduced a special guest speaker: U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville.

“You will not find an elected official that’s more committed to removing the impediments of progress for the entrepreneur,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the chamber is trying to create relevant programming important to its members. But, he was surprised with just how many members attended that normally don’t make it to events.

“Facebook is a strong advocate for small business and a strong partner that we can bring together,” he said. “It’s important that we invest our time and energy into teaching platforms for our members to be successful.”

After the presentation, Ferritto held a panel discussion with two local business owners and a question and answer session. Jayden Frost of vintage toy store DFW Vintage Toys and Cynthia McMillion of consignment shop DFW The Shoppe, shared tips and best practices from their experiences.

Andy Stone, the policy communications manager at Facebook, said the company goes all around the country holding these events.

“Often, the panel with business owners resonates most with the audiences because they patronize those businesses,” he said. “We choose the panelists based on their success and ability to use different Facebook tools.”

Jayden Frost was a singer songwriter for about 20 years, touring for a living. He lost his voice on stage a couple years ago, right after he married and became a father.  At the time, he had a little storage building filled with toys he would buy and sell as a hobby.

Not knowing what to do to support his wife and child, he decided to turn it into a store. The Lewisville storefront, just 500 square feet, filled with the toys.

Frost said that, without Facebook, his company would not have grown and 95 percent of his customers come from the social platform. His Facebook page has almost 37,000 likes and he has opened a larger storefront in Carrollton. The company now has an eBay account to branch out nationally.

“MySpace wasn’t working,” Frost joked during the panel session.

He said the biggest benefit Facebook has given him is the ability to directly target customers who live in the area and like comic books and science fiction.

“We still have a ton of customer base in Lewisville and will eventually open another storefront in Lewisville,” he said. “When it goes to paying for these ads, don’t be afraid to go big.”

Frost said that when he first got the call, he was skeptical it was real.

“It checked out, and after that I was very excited,” he said. “I work very hard at this little business, run it myself, so for someone to recognize all our hard work was awesome. If you’re a small business and aren’t using Facebook, you’re missing out big time.”

In the U.S., more than 30 million small businesses connect with customers through Facebook. Company representatives stopped in Austin on March 11 and Sugar Land on March 13.

Facebook hosts free workshop for small businesses

(AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER/Getty Images)

(AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Facebook will hold its free Small Business Boost event to teach local small business owners how to advance their presence on the social platform.

This is an actual Facebook Inc. event and an actual Facebook small business expert will present the workshop.

U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, and the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host the event, welcoming entrepreneurs. Jayden Frost of vintage toy store DFW Vintage Toys and Cynthia McMillion of consignment shop DFW The Shoppe, will share tips and best practices from their experiences.

The check-in and networking expo start at 9:30 a.m. at Lewisville High School Harmon Campus Cafeteria, 1250 W. Round Grove Road. The program will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

In the U.S., more than 30 million small businesses connect with customers through Facebook. Company representatives will also stop in Austin on March 11 and Sugar Land on March 13.

To register and for more information, visit https://fblewisville.eventbrite.com.

Warren Buffett to speak at benefit on April 8

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett's leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett’s leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will speak on the importance of community partnerships at an exclusive Live BIG Benefit Event from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Dr. in The Colony.

The benefit event will feature Buffett, live entertainment, food and drinks and a silent auction (including Buffett-signed memorabilia) as guests peek in the retail store – soon to be the largest home furnishing store in America.

Ticket are $75 and proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community North Texas. For more information, visit cancersupporttexas.org.

2013 Tax-free weekend and local back to school deals

Texans will be able to save the sales tax on most back-to-school items during tax-free weekend scheduled Friday through Sunday Aug. 9-11. For a complete list of tax-exempt items, click here.

The following is a list of back-to-school deals provided by local business owners: (The list will be updated, as businesses announce their deals.)

Barefoot Denton
Barefoot at 207 Elm St. will be offering 20 to 30 percent off during tax-free weekend.
For more information, visit the business’ Facebook page.

J.C. Penney
Friday Aug. 9 and Saturday Aug. 10 with extended store hours – store opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. Kids will receive $10 haircuts and $25 eyeglasses at all the stores’ salons and optical.

The store will offer a free Customization Kit with purchase of a new backpack or pair of sneakers. Each kit includes a variety of craft materials to doodle, embellish and stylize kids’ new shoes and backpacks. Follow #MakeItYours on Instagram and Twitter to see pictures of customer’s creations.

Some of the deals announced includes:  $7.99 for Arizona brand tees, juniors and guys (original price $14 – $16), $12.99 Arizona colored skinny jeans, juniors (original price $24) and $12.99 characters backpacks for kids (original price $30). Blockbuster deals begin 3 p.m. Friday to close time and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The store will also offer $20 off $100 purchase or more, $15 off $75 purchase or more, $10 off $50 purchase or more — on select apparel, shoes, accessories or fine jewelry.

For more information, visit http://www.jcpenney.com.

Fusion Hair Design
Offering 1/2 price kids haircuts (12 years and under) to anyone who donates school supplies. The staff will be collecting supplies to be donated to the Denton County Friends of the Family from  Aug. 13-23.  Walk in’s welcomed but, appointments are recommended. Fusion Hair Design is located at 1400 North Corinth St. Ste. 105 in Corinth. For more information, contact Angela Grubke at 940-497-6677.

Golden Triangle Mall
A listing of stores’ deals, including coupons for tax-free weekend.

Health Services of North Texas 
The nonprofit will be hosting its Back to School Essentials event at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. The event is free. For a listing of events, click here.

Lincoln’s Mini Mall
Will has shirts starting at $7, jeans and shoes starting at $10.
For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page.

Rayzor Ranch Marketplace
Here is a full list of stores offering specials during tax-free weekend.

Recutz Barbershop
Free haircuts for students will be provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at 525 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 303. College students must show ID unless they are an existing client. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 214-306-3078.

Re-Jenesis Barbershop
The barbershop staff will host its annual Back to School Bash from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at 318 E. Oak St., Ste. 130. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given away to the first 50 students (16 and under). The back-to-school event also includes free haircuts, free food and entertainment. For more information, call 940-808-1280.

Staples
Staples will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Day to help teachers get the needed school supplies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, the first 100 teachers (who are also Staples reward members) will receive a free shopping bag plus 20 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything they can fit in their bag, according to a company news release.

Teachers may also enter for a chance to win a $25 Staples gift card.

This event will take place at the Staples located at  2315 Colorado Blvd., in Suite 160.

Vista Ridge Mall
Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville will open earlier and close later to accommodate shoppers Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, the shopping center will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

During tax-free weekend, Vista Ridge Mall and Christian Community Action of Lewisville (CCA) will ask individuals to stop and donate to the nonprofit’s Apple Tree, a back-to-school program that provides qualifying area students with items needed for the beginning of the school year. Representatives from CCA will be available in the Food Court.

For information, visit www.vistaridgemall.com.

Find & Save
For Denton area local deals visit the Find & Save website.

More Fun Comics and Games will celebrate Worldwide Free Comic Day on May 4

More Fun Comics and Games in Denton will join other stores worldwide and celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4.

Free Comic Book Day is celebrated the first Saturday in May each year, when participating comic book shops give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their stores. The activity began 12 years ago, retailer Joe Field, according to a press release.

Tim Stoltzfus, the owner of More Fun Comics and Games at 103 W Hickory St., said in a news statement, his store will have comics for children, teens, and adults that day.

More than 4.6 million free comic books are expected to be given away at more than 2,000 participating locations.

On Saturday, More Fun Comics will open at 11 a.m. and the first 20 people through the door will get a free goodie bag, according to a Facebook post. Each goodie bag will have a hardcover graphic novel and several free comics.

For more information, visit http://www.keithscomics.com.

Cinco de Mellow at Mellow Mushroom

 

 

Through Sunday, May 5, Denton’s Mellow Mushroom is hosting a “Most Interesting Man in the World” contest for a chance to win a trip for two to a destination in Mexico.

Participants need to stop by Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, take a photo with the Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man’ standee and upload their photo via Instagram. Participants can use the hashtag #CincoDeMellow.

Mellow Mushroom Denton is located at 217 E Hickory St.

For more information, call 940-323-1100 or visit www.CincoDeMellow.com.

Go Green With Bill Utter Ford will take place Saturday during Earth Day Weekend

Bill Utter Ford will host a Go Green Event on Saturday, April 20 as part of Earth Day Weekend. The dealership will be celebrating the Ford lineup of Electric and Hybrid vehicles. The day will include free seminars and a free lunch for those in attendance provided by The Cupboard Natural Foods, according to a press release.

The free seminars held throughout the day will include: a Ford Technology Seminar at 10 a.m. focusing on the Sync/My Ford Touch component, vehicle demonstrations with Ford technology trainer, Jason Dickens, and a presentation on owning an electric vehicle with Bill Utter Ford customer and Fusion Energi owner, Michael Combs.

Bill Utter Ford General Manager Carl Anderson in a news statement he thought Earth Day was a great time to focus on Ford’s movement toward more green vehicles and its new lineup of electric vehicles.

“These free seminars will help educate the public about electric vehicles and how the car market is changing with the developments of these new greener technologies,” he said.

Ford’s lineup of electric vehicles includes the Ford Fusion Energi, the Ford CMAX Energi and the Ford Focus Electric each rated at over 100 miles per equivalent gallon. The Ford Hybrid lineup includes the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford CMAX Hybrid which are rated at 47 miles per gallon.

Go Green with Bill Utter Ford is a free event and open to the public. Bill Utter Ford is located at 4901 S.-I35E. Bill Utter Ford was established in 1956 in Denton and will celebrate 57 years in Denton in May.

Earth Day 2013 is officially Monday, April 22.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Robson Ranch to celebrate 12th anniversary April 6

On Saturday, April 6, Robson Ranch, an active adult community will celebrate their 12 anniversary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Model Village, 9501 Ed Robson Blvd.

The community will open their doors to the public and feature music, giveaways, treats and demos. Robson Ranch clubs and organizations will also host mini parties in various model homes.

In the past 12 years, Robson has grown to 1,500 homes and 2,700 residents, and has also added a creative arts center, community garden, dog park and softball fields, according to a press release said.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/RobsonRanchTexas.